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native of Kazakhstan received an award as part of the One Belt, One Road initiative

23.12.2020 149 просмотров

Ten representatives from Asia, Europe, Africa and South America received the title of First Silk Road Friendship Ambassador in Beijing on Monday for their contribution to cultural exchange and cross-border cooperation between China and the countries under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).


The event was held through a virtual cloud platform under the auspices of the China International Cultural Exchange Center, where participants shared their stories by joining the Initiative. 

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Most of the winners were only able to perform at the ceremony via pre-recorded video.  ; The only Ambassador to receive the trophy directly at the ceremony was Anita Dzhumekenova, a Kazakh native who currently lives in Xi'an, the capital of China's northwestern Shaanxi province.

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Anita came to China at the age of 18 for her undergraduate studies, and a year later she met her future husband Yuan Chaohui.

The idea to start a cross-border e-commerce business was born after her husband helped Anita ship Chinese goods home relatives and friends. Yuan, who is an IT professional, quickly created a simple web page to accept orders from Kazakhstan.

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The couple first moved their business from online to offline in 2015, and expanded their warehouses and logistics network with a China-Europe freight train that halved the time it takes to ship goods from Xi'an to Alma-Ata, the largest metropolis of Kazakhstan.

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“My husband and I are beneficiaries of the Belt and Road Initiative. We hope that our business can motivate young people from other countries on this path to participation in entrepreneurship driven by the Belt and Road Initiative, said Anita.

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Other recipients include scholars from Russia and Pakistan who help promote academic exchange between the countries, a Sudanese teacher who sparked a boom in Chinese language learners, and the Japanese ballet company Matsuyama, which has a long history of friendship with China.

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